Plant sales have raised £5,700 for students that are supported by scholarships from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).In August, the Summer Showcase public open day at Ball Colegrave this year raised £4,719 for the charity that supports students in horticulture.

Old Laundry Nurseries in Cheshire supplied many quality flowering plants for the sale and was a major contributor to the monies raised, the remaining funds came from the visitor entrance fees. Many of the DCF Trustees were on hand to support Ball Colegrave staff during the evening where they worked hard in providing visitors with good horticultural advice.

Meanwhile this year Garden Centre Fresh (GCF) raised £1,017 for the charity through the sales of the DCF Phalaenopsis Orchid Collection.

The collection is on sale in garden centres across the UK; a donation is made to the charity through every orchid sale. It also featured at the HTA National Plant Show in June this year where visitors could take an orchid home for a donation to the charity.

Jeff Colegrave, DCF Trustee says, “We are delighted with the support provided by Ball Colegrave, Old Laundry Nurseries and Garden Centre Fresh, and thank them immensely on behalf of the students who will benefit directly from their support through our scholarships”.

The next DCF Scholarship Season kicks off in September this year where new developments can be expected.